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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV).
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HAICHES, n. Also haichess (Abd. 1825 Jam.), (h)aichus (Mearns Ib.), haechis. A heavy fall, the sound resulting from it, a thud. [′heçəs]Ags. 1790 D. Morison Poems 25:
A mim mou'd maiden jimp an' spare, Mistook a fit for a' her care, An' wi' a haiches fell.
Mry. 1927 E. B. Levack Lossiemouth 9:
Doon A cam' wi' sic a haechis that A thoucht A wis throw the grun'.

[Prob. imit. from the excl. Hech. For the ending cf. Forfeffis.]

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